Thursday, June 8, 2017

Book Beginning: An Oxford Tragedy by J. C. Masterman




If you open the Oxford University Calendar and turn to St Thomas's College you will find my name -- Francis Wheatley Winn, Vice-President and Senior Tutor. A note at the bottom of the page will make it clear to the initiated that I won, in my youth, some academic distinction, and that I take my part in the administrative side of University life.

-- An Oxford Tragedy by J. C. Masterman. Set in the fictional Oxford college of St. Thomas's, the narrator is an Oxford don who plays Watson to the novel's Sherlock Holmes, an amateur sleuth named Ernst Brendel, a Viennese lawyer visiting the college as a guest lecturer.

The above is a picture of my edition. The Penguin edition is particularly adorable!

I won my copy several years ago from Bev at My Reader's Block in a giveaway she had as part of her Vintage Mystery Challenge. I credit Bev for turning me on to vintage mysteries, both from the Golden Age (pre-1960) and the Silver Age (1960 - 1989).

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


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